Game Predictions & Player Projections - NYG vs STL

Game Predictions & Player Projections - NYG vs STL


Game Predictions & Player Projections - NYG vs STL

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Prediction: NYG 13, STL 20 (Line: STL by 5)

The 5-9 Giants are on a two game winning streak but are only 2-5 on the road. The 6-8 Rams are 3-4 at home and this is their final game in St. Louis this year. While there is nothing to win here, both teams have shown no signs of giving up on the season.

New York Giants

1 @DET 14-35 10 @SEA 17-39
2 ARI 14-25 11 SF 10-16
3 HOU 30-17 12 DAL 28-31
4 @WAS 45-14 13 @JAC 24-25
5 ATL 30-20 14 @TEN 36-7
6 @PHI 0-27 15 WAS 24-13
7 @DAL 21-31 16 @STL —–
8 BYE —– 17 PHI —–
9 IND 24-40  
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Pregame Notes: Beating the Titans and Redskins takes the sting out from losing to the Jaguars and it made the Giants look as if they had a great defense if only for two weeks. There is a report that Tom Coughlin remains the Giants’ head coach in 2015 so everyone is playing for a spot next year. The finale at home against the Eagles is a better shot at a win but both are likely losses. By this point, the Giants mostly exist to make every Odell Beckham owner dizzy from happiness every week.

QUARTERBACK : Beckham is the only thing that is good lately. Eli Manning has thrown for only one touchdown per road game other than against the Cowboys and Redskins. The yardage remains solid and he’s turned in around 250 yards or more for the last eight games and scored in each.

RUNNING BACK : Rashad Jennings aggravated his lingering ankle injury during the win over the Giants and is likely to miss this week. I’ll update it if he is added in but Andre Williams is the more likely starter this week. Williams has turned in six touchdowns this year but his yardage remains very moderate unless he is facing a very weak defense. Last week versus the Redskins, Williams only managed 44 yards on 18 carries.

WIDE RECEIVER : No need to use up ink here. Odell Beckham is ripping through rookie records like the only freshman with seven straight games with 90+ yards in each. Over the last four games, he’s totaled a staggering 40 catches for 509 yards and six touchdowns -albeit only against DAL, JAC, TEN and WAS. Rueben Randle and Preston Parker just support Beckham by blocking downfield.

TIGHT END : Larry Donnell chugs along with only about 30 yards in most weeks and he’s only been good for about four catches per week. Donell scored only twice over the most recent ten games.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Rams feature a defense that ranks top ten in most categories. they allowed just one passing touchdown over the last three home games and that went to Peyton Manning. AT home they have been great against the run holding backs to only one touchdown allowed and that was DeMarco Murray back in week three. Williams should struggle here and the only player that must be started is of course Beckham. He’ll draw plenty of coverage as he does every week but the Rams have given up four 90+ yard efforts at home to wideouts. They’ve only allowed two tight end scores all year and only two managed to squeak past 40 yards.

Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 14 22 10 6 25 15
Preventing Fantasy Points STL 7 7 20 2 9 31

St. Louis Rams

1 MIN 6-34 10 @ARI 14-31
2 @TB 19-17 11 DEN 22-7
3 DAL 31-34 12 @SD 24-27
4 BYE —– 13 OAK 52-0
5 @PHI 28-34 14 @WAS 24-0
6 SF 17-31 15 ARI 6-12
7 SEA 28-26 16 NYG —–
8 @KC 7-34 17 @SEA —–
9 @SF 13-10  
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Pregame Notes: The Rams are not going to the playoffs but it was still disappointing to end their two consecutive shutouts with a loss to the Cardinals who still had no touchdowns. The season finale in Seattle won’t be much fun but this week is a great chance for a final win before spending the offseason figuring out how to get the offense anywhere near as good as the defense already is.

QUARTERBACK : Shaun Hill’s fifth start of the year finally had no touchdowns thanks to the Cardinals but he was good for at least one per game and threw two touchdowns against the Raiders and Redskins. He has yet to top 229 yards in a game but he’s been a decent game manager.

RUNNING BACK : Tre Mason is not usually that much better than whatever a defense allows most running backs and he was held to only 33 yards on 13 runs by the Cardinals. But Mason takes a heavy load and takes whatever there is to get. He’s scored four times and all were in home games. Prior to the Cardinals, Mason was gaining 80+ yards in every home game.

WIDE RECEIVER : The Rams eventually settled for Kenny Britt and Stedman Bailey as the starters with Tavon Austin running around underfoot waiting for a gimmick play to run. Britt tends to have moderate yardage and scored only once in the last six weeks. Bailey has been better with 70+ yards in three of the last four games and a score in San Diego in week 12. No other wideouts matter here.

TIGHT END : Jared Cook turned in only two decent fantasy games this year and both were on the road with his only scores and 60+ yards. But his last two home games featured no catches against the Raiders and only 22 yards on three receptions versus the Cardinals.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: There is nothing special about the Giants defense and even less so in a road game. Hill is not likely to throw more than one score here and it could end up anywhere. Mason is worth a start here against a defense that is much worse on the road stopping the run and that allowed eight touchdowns to running backs. Three of the backs ran for over 120 yards. Britt and Bailey are too risky to consider though they may end up with moderate yardage. Mason is the only reasonable starter along with the Rams defense.

Gaining Fantasy Points STL 28 23 29 10 23 5
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 25 24 9 21 22 24

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